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Two lives saved in Saskatoon through the AED program

Two people were saved this past week in Saskatoon thanks to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and the Heart Safe Program. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Two more lives were saved this week in Saskatoon thanks to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and the Heart Safe Program.

On Monday evening, an 83-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest at TCU Place.

Staff immediately activated their emergency response plan, shocking the patient once. She began to breath and her pulse returned.

Less than 24 hours later, a 79-year-old man playing hockey at Schroh Arena collapsed. His teammates grabbed the AED and shocked him three times with success.

“We’d like to see them in every building like a fire extinguisher. They’re just there. Hopefully you never have to use them but they’re there just in case you need them,” said Troy Davies, MD Ambulance spokesperson.

“It’s been a success story. Now because of the CPR guideline changes a couple years ago, everyone who takes CPR now learns how to use an AED.”

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The program started in 2011 and has saved 13 lives over that time.

TCU Place has been a partner for 12 years and Schroh has been a partner for nine.

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